Faith “Fay” Painter became a STAR Family Navigator at the Curry School of Education in February 2019, where she coordinates community-based educational and support programs, collaborates with agencies and group, and develops referral resources throughout Virginia and West Virginia. From October 2018 to February 2019, she was the STAR Family Navigator at the UVA Children’s Hospital, where she developed newly-diagnosed materials, met with families, and supported care coordination and system navigation for families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder between clinics UVA, agencies, service providers, and community support programs.
Prior to coming to the University of Virginia, Fay was Executive Director for the National Capital Area Chapter, Autism Speaks (2016-2018) and Chapter President for the Blue Ridge Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society (1977-2013). Her professional accomplishments for these non-profit organizations include the development of innovative programs to reach a wide geographic service area (peer counselors, self-help groups, respite camp, wellness programs), management of sustained funding through special events and annual campaigns, and development of the James Q. Miller MS Clinic at UVA.
Fay has done ABA therapy and supervised an in-home program from 2000-2003. She is a tireless advocate for speedy diagnosis and intensive early intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Fay graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A. in psychology, and believes that her life purpose is help people facing chronic and terminal illness to thrive and to live each day to the fullest. She is married to Tom Blalock, has a stepdaughter, Allie, her husband Kedric, and two grandchildren, Levi and Karina. Her son, Adam, graduates from JMU in May 2019.